PM’s May, Dryden Earn All-State Cross Country Honors, RC’s Keeley Places 20th

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Sunday, Nov. 12 – Parry McCluer High School sophomore Dylan May placed second at the state cross country meet to lead four local high school runners in the top 20 on Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Taking on the moderately hilly 5-kilometer course on the chilly day, May finished in a personal-record 16:21, just 18 seconds behind the winner of the Group 1A boys’ race, Auburn’s Nolan Harris. May’s time was nearly a minute faster than his time at the state meet last year, when he finished eighth. May had also finished second to Harris, a senior, at the Region C Meet, but by 28 seconds.

Also earning all-state honors by placing in the top 15 was PM junior Sophie Dryden, finishing sixth of 99 runners in the Group 1A girls’ race in 20:52, 41 seconds faster than her state meet time last year. Senior teammate Hannah Craft followed in 20th, clocking 21:38. Rapphannock County’s Rachel Weghorst won the race in 19:49.

The PM boys placed fifth of 12 teams, tallying 164 points. Auburn won the race with 40 points and was followed by George Wythe (70), Galileo (125), Mathews (135), PM and Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg (170).

Blues following May in the field of 99 harriers were freshmen Trevor Tomlin (27th, 18:14), Brendan Plogger (38th, 18:33), Scottie DuPaix (64th, 19:16) and Durham Baker (79th, 20:02) and junior Caleb Workman (88th, 20:21).

The PM girls, fielding just enough runners (five) to post a team score, placed eighth of 12 teams, tallying 187 points. Auburn won with 58 points and was followed in the top 10 by Mathews (110), Northumberland (133), Rapphannock County (136), Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg (137), Patrick Henry-Glade Spring (159), Galax (168), PM, Riverheads (193) and Rye Cove (216).

Blues following Craft were freshman Cloey Mazingo (62nd, 24:23) and juniors Julie Guenther (66th, 24:38) and Eme Shiraki (96th, 29:37).

One Rockbridge County High School runner, senior Mallory Keeley, competed in the Group 3A girls’ race and placed 20th of 100 runners in 20:09. Keeley’s time was 39 seconds faster than her state meet time last year. She advanced to the state meet in all four of her high school years, twice individually and twice with the team. This was her best finish. Winning the race was Cave Spring’s Parker Albright in 18:25.

For the full stories and photos from the state meet, please see our Nov. 15 newspaper.

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